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I’m Katie, a graphic designer who mostly somersaults through life. My blog is all about things that inspire me – be it art, design, or other snippets i find along the way.

Madison Proper

We’re back! Tony and I spend the weekend in Madison, WI and were totally blown away by its coolness.

We stopped in Dubuque for lunch at a cute little deli called the Naughty Dog.


Tony by awesome Dubuque buildings…


Because I seem to gravitate towards bookstores, we found our way to the River Lights Bookstore and I found this darling must-read…


After getting a taste of quaint little Dubuque, we were back on the road. A couple of hours later, we arrived here, at the Hotel Ruby Marie. It was an adorable (although slightly odd & peculiar) bed & breakfast.


It had a little courtyard going through the center of the building. It was so cute, I can only imagine what it would be like in the summer with flowers…


We made our way down to the hotel bar for our FREE complimentary drinks & popcorn before heading out on the town. (apparently we were the Hat Couple, haha)


Everything was within walking distance from the hotel, so we hiked up the hill to Madison’s (the building on the corner) for dinner.


After dinner, we had time for some drinks at Essen Haus, Madison’s own version of DSM’s Hessen Haus! It was next door to our hotel so we figured why not stop in before heading to the concert. Luckily, we were able to walk to the venue, High Noon Saloon. The opening bands were Jeremy Messersmith & Mason Proper -who we LOVED! (pictured)


And of course, we were psyched to see the headliner-Cloud Cult! The have an artist onstage, who does interpretive paintings during the show, which are later auctioned off for charity! Cool, huh?



After the concert, we literally fell into bed from exhaustion. The next morning, we were up-and-at-’em to enjoy our FREE BREAKFAST at the Come Back Inn, also next door. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as the building looked and smelled like a small town legion. Part bar, part restaurant, the decor was adorned with vintage beer signs and bottles circa 1970. Hilarious setting for a B&B, but it was delicious and food was perfect for anyone who had been drinking the night before. Then were were off to State Street for some shopping! I was super impressed with all the bohemian-inspired stores they had. I wanted to go in them all!

This cute little shop, Anthology, was filled with crafted goods and treasures.


I hit the jackpot at Urban Outfitters with these numbers…

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After we had shopped til we dropped, we toured the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. My favorite exhibit was the Something Wicked This Way Comes, featuring darkly themed pieces such as this one (Peter Dean, Hear No Evil, 1984)…


The museum had a birdseye view of State Street, so we took some time to relax for a bit…


We at dinner at a charming spot, Cafe Continental. I had pasta that was TO DIE FOR. Best meal I’ve had in a long time, maybe EVER.


Unfortunately, it started snowing Saturday night!




  matt wrote @

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  Joey wrote @

I LOVE this post.

It looks like you had an amazing time. I am so jealous, I have never been to Madison but have always wanted to go. How fun! You guys both look great and so happy.


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